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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #41 on: 04/20/2017 06:07 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/18/2017
JEM (Japanese Experiment Module) Airlock (JEMAL) Operations:   They replaced the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) on the Slide Table (ST) with the Cyclops to support the EVA contingency tie-down during NREP transfer to and from the ST via the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS). 

Is someone able to explain this with plain words for a non-English native speaker?

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #42 on: 04/21/2017 10:08 AM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/18/2017
JEM (Japanese Experiment Module) Airlock (JEMAL) Operations:   They replaced the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) on the Slide Table (ST) with the Cyclops to support the EVA contingency tie-down during NREP transfer to and from the ST via the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS). 

Is someone able to explain this with plain words for a non-English native speaker?

ISS has two main release mechanisms available to deploy payloads from the JEM airlock. Usually, the standard small satellites are released from their containers, which are held by the MPEP, but non-standard payloads use the Cyclops (SSYKLOPS). This MPEP/Cyclops+containers+satellites is brought outside on the Slide Table in the airlock, and maneuvered with the JEM robotic arm to the "launch" position. Once the satellites are away, the container+MPEP/Cyclops is cycled back inside through the Slide Table and airlock.

The NREP is a payload installed in the JEM-EF (exposed facility, the "porch" of ISS) since August. I am not entirely sure why, but it looks this facility is being brought inside - I imagine because of OA-7's arrival with some experiments that need to be loaded up in NREP for exposure. Cyclops is able to have it tied down by EVAers in the case of a contingency prevents NREP from having it secured to either the slide table in the airlock or the JEM-EF's facility attachment points, and apparently MPEP doesn't offer the same capability.
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #43 on: 04/21/2017 11:00 AM »
Thank you for your detailed answer.
It is the first time that I heard about a contigency EVA in connection with installation/deinstallation on the JEM-EF.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #45 on: 04/22/2017 02:11 PM »
April 21, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-047

How to See President’s Call to International Space Station on April 24

President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will make a special 20-minute, Earth-to-space call at 10 a.m. EDT Monday, April 24, to personally congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station.

NASA will provide live coverage of the event via the following agency assets:
•NASA Television -- http://www.nasa.gov/live
•Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/NASA/
•Ustream -- http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv
•YouTube --
•NASA App for iOS http://itunes.apple.com/app/nasa-app/id334325516?mt=8
•NASA App for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa
•NASA App for Amazon Fire and Fire TV http://amzn.com/B00ZVR87LQ
•The NASA App also is also available to Apple TV users

Ustream coverage of the call can be embedded using the following code:

<iframe width="480" height="270" src="http://www.ustream.tv/embed/6540154?html5ui" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen frameborder="0" style="border: 0 none transparent;"></iframe>

YouTube video of the call can be embedded using the following code:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UdmHHpAsMVw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Whitson arrived at the space station Nov. 19, 2016, and is sharing her experiences in space on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook.

Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter.

Check out the latest NASA TV schedule and video streaming information at:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #46 on: 04/24/2017 06:35 AM »
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At 1:27 a.m. ET on April 24, @AstroPeggy has officially broken @Astro_Jeff's record of 534 days in space. Wish her well with #CongratsPeggy!

https://twitter.com/space_station/status/856378927362834432

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #47 on: 04/24/2017 02:33 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/19/2017

Posted on April 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements:  The 49S subjects continued their Return minus 45 (R-45) Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements activities today, collecting saliva, blood and urine and inserting them into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer. Throughout the day, the crew will perform more collections, storing them in MELFI as well.  Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment divided into Dilution Measurements, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging with Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure). The Fluid Shifts experiment investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes.  Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is being evaluated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and to prevention of eye damage.

European Space Agency (ESA) Active Dosimeter Swap:  The crew replaced an Active Dosimeter Mobile Unit and downloaded the recorded data to an Active Dosimeter Personal Stowage Device. The European Crew Personal Active Dosimeter is worn by European ISS crewmembers on orbit to measure radiation exposure. This device, coupled with other dosimeters in the Columbus Laboratory, provides radiation dosage information that can be used to support risk assessment and dose management. The goal is to enable the verification of radiation monitoring systems for future medical monitoring of crewmembers in space.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock (JEMAL) Operations:  The crew depressed the airlock and vented remaining air in preparation for NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) operations next week.

Dose Tracker: The crew completed a medication tracking entry in the Dose Tracker application that runs on an iPad. Dose Tracker documents the medication usage of crewmembers before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight, including side effect qualities, frequencies and severities. The investigation is expected to provide anecdotal evidence of medication effectiveness during flight and any unusual side effects experienced. It is also expected that specific, near-real-time questioning about symptom relief and side effects will provide the data required to establish whether spaceflight-associated alterations in pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics is occurring during missions.

Mobile Serving System (MSS) Operations:  Yesterday afternoon, Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) into position for the start of the Orbital ATK-7 (OA-7) Offset Grapples Practice Session. They then powered up the MSS in the Hot Backup configuration for the crew to practice maneuvering the SSRMS into the grapple envelope of the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF). They performed this several times and then performed a final run during which Ground Controllers safed the SSRMS to simulate a failure. The crew recovered by switching from the Cupola Robotic Workstation (RWS) to the Lab RWS and backing the SSRMS away. After the Offset Grapples Practice session, Ground Controllers reconfigured the MSS for nominal operations and maneuvered the SSRMS to a park position.  Finally, Robotic Flight Controllers performed a Direct Drive test of the Wrist Roll Joint (1) for mechanism health trending. Data collected will be compared with the data collected for joint 7.

On-Board Training (OBT) Robotic Onboard Trainer (RoBOT): Following yesterday’s successful launch of OA-7 and planned capture/berthing this Saturday, the crew completed a training session utilizing the RoBOT. They performed three Capture Point hold runs and numerous two meter runs. They also completed a self-study session.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #48 on: 04/24/2017 02:33 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/20/2017

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

50 Soyuz (50S) Launch/Dock: 50S launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome today at 2:13AM CDT with Fyodor Yurchikhin and Jack Fischer aboard and docked in the automated mode to the Mini Research Module (MRM)-2 at 8:24AM CDT.  Following hatch opening at 10:05AM CDT, all crew members participated in a crew safety briefing to review emergency actions and roles and responsibilities in the event of a depressurization, fire or toxic release. With the arrival of these crewmembers the ISS is in 5-crew operations.

Electromagnetic Levitation (EML) Sample Coupling Electronic (SCE) Changeout: The crew swapped SCE Chambers in the Experiment Module of the EML today.  The SCE measures electrical resistivity of samples inside the EML which contains 4 inserts for Electromagnetic Levitation samples. The experiment samples are installed in a dedicated Sample Chamber that is attached to EML and will be replaced by new Sample Chambers for new experiment batches.

Microgravity Experiment Research Locker / INcubator (MERLIN) 2 Health and Status Troubleshooting:  The crew performed troubleshooting steps to recover Health and Status data which terminated on March 30, 2017. The crew then attempted to reboot the computer but the unit failed to reboot and is no longer cooling. A replacement MERLIN will arrive on OA-7.

Orbital 7 (OA-7) Arrival Preparations: In preparation for this Saturday’s OA-7 arrival, the crew deployed and performed a checkout of the Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) on the Node 1 Nadir hatch. Video from the CBCS is used to aid Flight Controllers during Visiting Vehicle mating operations.

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Status: Overnight, the UPA experienced a fault due to apparent belt slippage in the DA. This signature has been seen on previous DAs, however it is the first occurrence since installing this ORU on April 13th. Ground teams are discussing the signature and forward plan for restarting the UPA.

Solar Array Wing (SAW) 3B Hinge Tear: During a review of imagery taken during Tuesday’s routine solar array inspection, ground teams identified a ~6-7 inch “tear” on one of the hinges of the 3B solar array blanket. The damage was reviewed prior to 50S docking and it was determined that, given the extent of the damage, there was no concern of propagation of that damage based on the expected loading conditions for the event. Followup imagery will be requested to assess the level of damage incurred and determine whether any additional actions will be required.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
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ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/21/2017

Posted on April 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements:  The 49S subjects completed their Return minus 45 (R-45) Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements activities today, collecting saliva, blood and urine and inserting them into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer. Throughout the day, the crew will perform more collections, storing them in MELFI as well.  Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment divided into Dilution Measurements, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging with Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure). The Fluid Shifts experiment investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes.  Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is being evaluated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and to prevention of eye damage.

JAXA Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) #12 Installation and Execution:  The crew installed and configured the JAXA PCG#12 canisters in JEM Ryutai rack. This experiment will run until removal for return on 49S.  The two canisters contain a total of 47 protein samples that were prepared by Russian and Japanese researchers from universities, national research institutes, and the private sector. The purpose of this activity is to obtain high quality protein crystals in the microgravity environment at a constant temperature for about 6 weeks. Results may contribute to the development of drugs for multidrug-resistant bacteria, Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy and periodontitis. They will also aid in the development of a blood substitute and biosensor.

Orbital 7 (OA-7) Arrival Preparations: In preparation for OA-7 capture and berthing this Saturday, the crew completed the following:
•Reviewed Cygnus attached phase configuration, hardware, and stowage.
•Relocated Portable Computer System (PCS) and cables from Japanese Experiment Module Pressurized Module (JPM) Utility Outlet Panel (UOP) to the Lab UOP.
•Completed a Robotics Onboard Trainer (RoBOT) session to practice Capture Point hold runs and 2 meter runs.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #50 on: 04/24/2017 03:00 PM »
Expedition 51 - In-Flight Event with President Trump, Ivanka Trump and NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins - 24 April
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10042

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
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April 24, 2017
RELEASE 17-046
NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Talks STEM Education with President Trump

Sets New U.S. Record for Time in Space

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, currently living and working aboard the International Space Station, broke the record Monday for cumulative time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut – an occasion that was celebrated with a phone call from President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and fellow astronaut Kate Rubins.

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, who arrived April 20 for his first mission aboard the orbiting outpost, also participated in the call alongside Whitson.

"Peggy is a phenomenal role model for young women, and all Americans, who are exploring or participating in STEM education programs and careers," said President Trump. "As I have said many times before, only by enlisting the full potential of women in our society will we be truly able to make America great again. When I signed the INSPIRE Women Act in February, I did so to ensure more women have access to STEM education and careers, and to ensure America continues to benefit from the contributions of trailblazers like Peggy."

Whitson launched on Nov. 17, 2016, with 377 days in space already under her belt, and broke Jeff Williams’ U.S. record of 534 cumulative days in space. In 2008, Whitson became the first woman to command the space station, and on April 9 became the first woman to command it twice. In addition, she holds the record for most spacewalks by a female astronaut.

“This is an inspirational record Peggy is setting today, and she would be the first to tell you this is a record that’s absolutely made to be broken as we advance our knowledge and existence as both Americans and humans,” said NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot. “The cutting-edge research and technology demonstrations on the International Space Station will help us go farther into our solar system and stay there longer, as we explore the mysteries of deep space first-hand. Congratulation to Peggy, and thank you for inspiring not only women, but all Americans to pursue STEM careers and become leaders.”

This is Whitson’s third long-duration stay on board the space station, and her mission was recently extended for an additional three months. Rather than returning to Earth in June as originally planned, Whitson will remain on the space station and her return home, with Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, is targeted for September. Whitson’s extension will give her significantly more time to conduct scientific experiments aboard the station.

A fresh set of science experiments and supplies for Whitson and her crewmates arrived at the space station April 22 on Orbital ATK’s seventh NASA-contracted commercial resupply mission. Investigations include an antibody investigation that could increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment and an advanced plant habitat for studying plant physiology and food growth in space. Another new investigation bound for the U.S. National Laboratory portion of the station will look at using magnetized cells and tools to make it easier to handle cells and cultures, and improve the reproducibility of experiments.

In addition to the important research that cannot be conducted on Earth, Fischer and Whitson are scheduled to take part in the fifth spacewalk of the year on May 12 to replace an avionics box on the starboard truss called an ExPRESS Logistics Carrier, a storage platform.

For more than 16 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A global endeavor, more than 200 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 1,900 research investigations from researchers in more than 95 countries.

Follow Whitson’s stay on the space station via social media at:

http://www.twitter.com/AstroPeggy

http://www.facebook.com/NASAastronautPeggyWhitson

https://astropeggy.tumblr.com

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